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Why doesn't the default Reminder match the Due Date?

Normally when we want a reminder, it's to be reminded on the date the task is meant to be done, i.e. the due date.

So why do I have to manually type in a the same date in the reminder field?

Please make the *default* reminder match the due date, when checking the reminder checkbox.

You can also have a configurable default reminder time, e.g. 10:30am.

Then the date can be changed from the due date if needed. (Going further, you could add some drop-down defaults like '1 week before' etc. But the due date should be the starting point!)


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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 01:01 UTC

Hi Christian,

Thanks for the suggestion, and I see you have added it to our Votebox. We will consider adding these options in the future. At least the changing of the default reminder, as we have found that a high percentage of people do like 30 minutes before.


Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 01:05 UTC

No problem, and as for the reminder, 30 minutes before what...? That's the big question.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if someone sends me an email and writes "get back to me on 1 April", I then add it to Todoist with a due date of "1 April".

Now go through the steps I have to perform to make Todoist remind me that morning please...

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 01:08 UTC


You would either create a task with a due date of "april 1 at 7am" for example, and the reminder would be 30 minutes before 7am.

You could also create the task for "april 1" then go into the Reminders menu, and create one for "april 1 at 7am" and that would be at exactly 7am.


Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 01:15 UTC

OK well I had to watch a video at https://gmail.todoist.com/Help/DatesTimes to understand how to enter times as "1 April 10am" didn't work for some reason.

It's not a good start if you have to explain in a video.

Sorry but I have tried your way and wanted to love it, but having to TYPE (seriously...?) out the reminder time, vs. just checking a checkbox that says:

Remind me? [ x ]

...is not intuitive.

Please add a "remind me" checkbox. When checked, the "Default reminder time" will apply, whatever that is set to. Start with 10:30am so people can get into their working day before being bombarded.

I hope you are able to add this suggestion soon.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 13:19 UTC

Hello Christian,

If your tasks already have dates and times, you can then use relative reminders which can be selected from a drop-down menu and set to 0 minutes before, 10 minutes before, 1 hour before etc.

In case of absolute reminders, we prefer to give you the full choice of setting a date and time so you can set it as precisely as you want (every Mon, Fri at 13:28).

Best regards,

Replied on Feb 19, 2014 - 00:01 UTC

Is there way way to type in relative reminders? How do I set a reminder 1 month before the due date?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 19, 2014 - 00:34 UTC


There is no way to type these kinds of reminders at this time.